Post by My Avatar Is A Hot Babe on Nov 26, 2019 19:44:21 GMT
What if Bill Wyman had had a ‘George Harrison’ sized songwriting presence on Rolling Stones LPs
George Harrison may have felt like a neglected third wheel in The Beatles in terms of song presence, but at least they (almost) always allowed him to get a few of his songs onto every LP, and always at least one lead vocal. He had it good compared to Bill Wyman, who (correct me if I’m wrong) was almost entirely frozen out of the Jagger/Richards songwriting monopoly, beyond a track on ‘Satanic Majesties’ included more by accident than design, an outtake on the non-band sanctioned comp ‘Metamorphosis’, and possibly one other? (Sorry I’m not the biggest Stones expert, corrections and additions welcomed). Not to mention major contributions to J/R songs like the JJF riff.
So my speculative, Marvel alternate reality one shot issue style question is this: what if Bill Wyman had had a George Harrison style proportion of 1,2,3 (4 on ‘Exile’?) original songs (and indeed lead vox on early covers) on Stones LPs from the sixties right up to when he left in the early 90s? Would this have improved or weakened their discography? Is it even possible to distribute enough existing Wyman songs to relevant Stones periods? (I know he did solo albums in the 70s/80s, but is there evidence of prolific unreleased or otherwise directed songwriting in the 60s?)